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Ryders in the Storm

After the players spent three days battling the elements and the Dye-abolical design—as well as each other—the outcome of the 1991 Ryder Cup came down to the final putt on the final hole of the final match. Hale Irwin and Bernhard Langer were all square after 17 holes. A halve would put the cup into American hands, so Langer needed to win the 18th. Irwin bogied after hitting a spectator and making a poor chip, but the yip-prone Langer blew his 45-foot birdie putt 6-feet by the hole and missed the par putt coming back, resulting in a 14 1/2 to 13 1/2 win for the American squad—their first victory since 1983.

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